Versatile midfielder Glen ‘Tricky’ Trifiro has signed a one-season contract extension with the Central Coast Mariners.
The 24-year-old former Sydney United 58 man has successfully negotiated the jump up from State league football with a string of accomplished performances in Australia’s topflight and the Mariners AFC Champions League campaign.
In March, soon after his mid-season arrival, he scored the match-sealing goal against Newcastle Jets in the F3 Derby.
“It feels great to have signed with the Mariners for another year,” Trifiro said.
“I am very happy to have my immediate playing future settled and to know that I will have another 12 months in such a professional set-up.
“I feel as if I have really improved over the last few months and I put that down to training in a great environment. It’s a credit to the club how welcome they have made me feel – we have a great bunch of boys, top coaches and staff.
“First and foremost my goal is to remain focussed until the end of the season and to try and help the team in whatever way I can.
“We have a big chance in the Hyundai A-League finals and have the opportunity to go through to the knockout phase of the AFC Champions League, so I want to play my part in helping the team,” he said.
Mariners boss Phil Moss said Trifiro’s move from the semi-pro state league to fully-fledged A-League player ought to inspire many hopefuls dreaming of bigger and better things for their football careers.
“Glen’s new contract is a reward for a lot of hard work,” Moss said.
“It’s always great to see a player make the step up from the semi-professional ranks to the professional ranks.
“Trif has proven himself on and off the field that he’s worthy of another year and we are really excited to see where we can take him with a full pre-season.
“We are going to work hard with him to take him to another level physically, because tactically and technically he has already shown that he can handle life in the Hyundai A-League.
"We are committed to bringing in quality players who are also quality people and fit the unique culture we have at the Mariners, and Glen has ticked all those boxes.
"Those key qualities combined with technical ability & mobility are crucial to me as part of the evolution of this football team in keeping with my football philosophy.”
Moss also paid tribute to Sydney United 58 head coach and former Sydney FC great Mark Rudan.
“Glen had been playing in the state league for a number of years and ‘Rudes’ obviously knew what buttons to push to get him to the next level,” he said.
“Mark debuted as a coach last year and having helped get a player to the A-League straight away is certainly a credit to him and his coaching staff.”
Trifiro, whose older brother Jason plays for the Western Sydney Wanderers, will be part of the Mariners squad heading north to Queensland for Saturday’s clash with Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium.